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Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

Researchers’ Career and Mobility: From political will to action

Sohail LUKAEuropean CommissionDG Research & Innovation

MURG Event, Welsh HouseBrussels, Belgium 16 September 2011


Outline

Outline

  • Political Context: The Bigger Picture

  • From political will to action

  • Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers’ career and mobility


Outline1

Outline

  • Political Context: The Bigger Picture

  • From political will to action

  • Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility


1 political context the bigger picture

1. Political Context: The Bigger Picture

Europe 2020 Strategy

  • 3 mutually reinforcing priorities for the EU economy:

    - Smart growth: based on knowledge ad Innovation

    - Sustainable growth: resource efficient, green and competitive

    - Inclusive growth: high-employment economy + social and territorial cohesions

  • 5 headline targets:

    1) 75% of the 20-64 population employed

    2) 3% of EU’s GDP invested in R&D

    3) The “20/20/20” climate/energy targets

    4) Early school leavers <10% and young tertiary degree <40%

    5) People at risk of poverty <20 million


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1. Political Context: The Bigger Picture

  • 7 flagships:

    1) Innovation Union

    2) Youth on the move

    3) A digital agenda for Europe

    4) Resource efficient Europe

    5) An industrial policy for globalisation era

    6) An agenda for new skills and jobs

    7) European platform against poverty


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1. Political Context: The Bigger Picture

  • 10 Priorities of the Innovation Union Flagship:

  • Strength investments in education, R&D, Innovation and ICTs.

  • Reforms: get more value for money + tackle fragmentation

  • Modernise the EU education system

  • Complete the ERA by 2014

  • Simplify the access to EU programmes (EIB, ERC, ERDF)

  • Facilitate business-academia cooperation

  • Bring “ideas to market”

  • European Innovation Partnerships

  • Social Innovation and Public sector Innovation

  • Deep International Cooperation


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1. Political Context: The Bigger Picture

34 Innovation Union’s commitments:

  • By end 2011 MS are required to have strategies in place to train enough researchers to meet their national R&D targets and to promote attractive employment conditions.

  • In 2012 the EC will present the ERA framework and supporting measures to remove obstacles to mobility and cross-border cooperation to be in force by end 2014.

  • By 2012 EU and MS should ensure that leading academics, researchers and innovator reside and work in Europe and to attract a sufficient number of highly skilled third country nationals to stay in Europe.


Outline2

Outline

  • Political Context: The Bigger Picture

  • From Political will to Action

  • Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility


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2. From political will to action

The ERA Groups:

  • Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM)

  • Working Group on Knowledge Transfer (KT)

  • High Level Group for Joint Programming (GPC)

  • Strategic Forum for International S&T Cooperation (SFIC)

  • European Strategic Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI)


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2. From political will to action

ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM)

  • Re-launched in 2008 to follow the implementation of Policy Actions related to Researchers Career and Mobility

  • Composed of representatives of 39 countries (27 MS + 12 AC) nominated by their ministries

  • Chaired by an elected MS delegate

  • Secretariat is provided by the European Commission


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2. From political will to action

Council Conclusions of 26 September, 2008: Gave the SGHRM the mandate to implement the European Partnership for Researchers (EPR)* to the SGHRM

Council Conclusions of 31 May, 2011: Gave the SGHRM the mandate of implementation and monitoring of the Researchers parts in the IU and the ERA Framework

*: Commission Communication: “Better Careers and More Mobility: A European Partnership for Researchers”, adopted in May 2008

In areas of MS competency, Council Conclusions are crucial:


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2. From political will to action

ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM)

Mandate

  • Follow the implementation and monitoring of:

    • The European Partnership for Researchers (Until end 2010)

    • IU Commitments 1, 4 and 30 (as of 2011)


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2. From political will to action

ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM)

  • Establish the baseline/country: National priorities & current actions

  • Develop National targets following broad stakeholder consultations

  • Implement National targets via legislative & non-legislative measures on national level

  • Develop proposals for implementation action

  • Refine/Develop indicators and agree on the ones to use

  • Report on progress

Mutual

Learning


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2. From political will to action

ERA Steering Group on Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM)

Recent “products” from the Working Groups:

  • WG JOBS Job publication strategy

  • WG SKILLS European Framework for Research Careers (EFRC), Mapping of Doctoral Training, …..

  • WG MONITORING Harmonize indicators with other actors, oversee logic of annual reporting


Outline3

Outline

  • Political Context: The Bigger Picture

  • From Political will to Action

  • Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility


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3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility

Strategy

Europe 2020

Inclusive

Growth

Smart

Growth

Sustainable

Growth

Flagship initiative

‘Innovation Union’

Comm.t 1

Comm.t 4

EURAXESS

Comm.t30


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3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility

EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion: 4 initiatives that, by

supporting the mobility and careers of researchers, assist in

establishing Europe as an area of excellence in scientific research

3 reference pillars:

  • Researchers’ mobility issues

  • European dimension in research careers

  • Making Europe more attractive

www.ec.europa.eu/euraxess


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3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility

Includes all information on job opportunities, funding opportunities, grants, employment, etc.

 IU’s Commitments 4 and 30

Includes all information for relocation assistanceIU’s Commitments 4 and 30

Includes all information regarding

Charter & Code, Social Security, Visa Package

 IU’s Commitment 1, 4 and 30

Includes all information to maintain the link

with European researchers abroad

 IU’s Commitments 4 and 30


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility EURAXESS Jobs

  • Virtual job market: job vacancy (~ 2,000 jobs on-line available/day) CV data-base (>18,000)

  • Active Registered organisations (i.e. those whose profile has been checked and accepted): > 5,000;

  • Funding and job opportunities in 38 European countries

  • Job vacancies funded by the Marie Curie Actions

  • Access to 36 national EURAXESS Portals

  • Useful links & info on European policies for researchers

  • Unique Visitors: ~ 500,000 in 2010

  • Page Views: ~ 500,000,000 in 2010

  • Established collaboration (i.e. job exchange) with: Naturejobs, Academic Transfer, INRA, Galaxie. More job platforms in the pipeline


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility EURAXESS Jobs


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility EURAXESS Services

200 Centres; 38 Countries (MS + AC) – 500 members assisting in questions related to:

Visas

Work permits

Accommodation

Legal issues

Social security

Health

Taxes

Everyday life

Family support

And MORE…

In 2010:

60.000 Researchers assisted in the centres

110.000 questions answered


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility EURAXESS Rights

« Charter » as reference point for the career management of researchers as professionals, addressing both researchers and employers/funders on minimum rights and obligations

« Code of Conduct » as reference point for transparency and merit based recruitment, fair recognition of qualifications and mobility experiences

Commission Recommendation to Member States (2005) on “A European Charter for Researchers and a Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”

Charter & Code have been endorsed by more than 1000 organisations from across Europe!


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility EURAXESS Rights

Voluntary, light and flexible approach

Based on self-assessment, mutual learning and peer review

Open to all research organisations and funders

More than 130 institutions taking part

« HR Excellence in Research » logo awarded for significant progress in the process (47 so far):

Charter & Code implemented through the “Human Resources Strategy for Researchers”:


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility EURAXESS Links

  • Maintain the link with European researchers abroad

  • Keep them informed on career, funding and collaboration opportunities with Europe

  • Change the paradigm of Brain Drain to Brain Circulation: Not net loss for Europe, but a valuable resource

  • Does not have as its primary aim bringing back EU researchers


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3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility

Type of Activities

  • Networking (Events, web forum, researchers’ database)

  • Information Dissemination (Website, newsletter, info days)

  • Collaboration, Career & Funding Opportunities in Europe (Career fairs, EURAXESS Jobs, matchmaking via forum, joint conferences & workshops…)


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3. Role of EURAXESS in implementing the IU commitments on researchers career and mobility

- Launched in: USA, Japan, China, India and Singapore

- Coming Soon ….

  • 2012 – 2013:

    • Brazil: Hub for Latin America

    • Canada

    • Singapore becomes hub for ASEAN EURAXESS-Links

  • 2011 – …….:

    • Links becomes the Overseas Branch of EURAXESS


Researchers career and mobility from political will to action

Thank you for your attention!

[email protected]

http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess


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